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  2. AndyS

    2001 1100RT abs for sale

    That is a fine looking machine. I am sure any new owner will be pleased with it. Sorry to hear you have health problems that have stopped you riding. I do hope you find something to fill the 'hole' the bike will leave.
  3. Today
  4. Twisties

    Interstate...how fast?

    What tires and tire pressures are you running? How many miles on the shocks?
  5. Twisties

    Interstate...how fast?

    When I had a cruiser 80 was outrageously fast and by 90 the back end was loose to the point of danger. On an RT the faster you go, the more stable the bike gets. DAMHIK! In any event, the bike and it's condition do matter. I agree with others, stay in your comfort zone, and personally I almost never go more than 8 mph over on freeways (slow curvy sections excepted). But like someone said, we are seeing more and more of freeways that are posted 80 or 85, so sometimes I am cruising 90ish. I can also say, under the category of DAMHIK, that the faster you go there is a huge hit to fuel economy. Above a buck sustained this becomes very considerable. Now where would I have found that out? :-) In any event, work some on techniques. Staying loose on the bars and maintaining proper posture will help a lot. There are some posts in the ride well section of the board to look at. My guess is that you will be used to it soon.
  6. LBump

    Fast Eddie Fisher

    Thanks Pat, for posting this video. If I only knew... I was 65 miles away from Shunk last week riding through the area. I would have looked him up. Dang.... another missed opportunity.
  7. MichiganBob

    Givi Top Case Mounting Plate

    I bought the RT specific mounting plate for the V47 Monokey trunk. The instructions are not that great. Has anyone installed this plate on their 14-18RT? I'll start the process but thought it was smart to see if anyone has any tips or photos on the mounting. There are some YouTubes out there but none for this plate to the later model RT? Many thanks. Bob
  8. R65_Steve

    Interstate...how fast?

    Thanks folks. Yes I'm sure a part of it is the wind. My old airhead was a bother to run fast. This bike (R1150R) has no issues with it, but even with a little windshield (it's a rockstar) I get some turbulence. I just got some earplugs so that should cut down on the volume at least. I always ride in my comfort zone on the backroads and Twisties but it seems that the Interstate is my nemesis. Almost that I have a mental block that I will get blown off the bike or it will suddenly throw me for some strange reason. Like I said, I see other guys just blast on by and I'm not talking about nutty sportsbikes...guys hauling tents and baggage so I know the physics aren't different for me. I guess I need more seat time.
  9. Indy Dave

    WTB: BMW tank bag for ‘07 R1200RT

    I have the bare piece you're looking for - the clip on base from a factory tank bag. How about $25¿
  10. RPondaRoad

    Fast Eddie Fisher

    When the voice over person said that there's other "Eddie's" coming up I thought: "I don't think so".
  11. Do you have a ratty BMW tank bag for the rail system on a hexhead R1200RT? Want to send it to a good home to keep it out of the land fill? 😁 Condition isn't important, as long as the base is functional and still latches to the rail. I would like to use the base to adapt an existing, smaller bag for use with the rail system. Thanks! Brian
  12. Johnny Jetson

    Interstate...how fast?

    Dirt Rider and Paul De both have good observations. Most of my riding is in AZ, NV, NM, & TX, so a lot of open space and much of it posted 80 with enforcement at 85 and sometimes more. There are patches of congestion, but nothing like a lot of guys see constantly. I might add -- Move with the traffic in whatever lane you choose -- slower traffic creates bottlenecks that cause other drivers to do unsafe things. If you don't have a good windshield and fairing, consider upgrading your windshield at least. Buffeting is tiring and exposes you to a lot of weather and even flying objects. Know your state and its enforcement habits. In AZ, I-8 toward San Diego is often moving north of 90 with no enforcement evident. Don't ride it unless you are willing to move with it. It seems to me that motorcycles are often given some leeway in speed. In 100K miles, I think I've been stopped once (94 in a 75), and only got a warning at that. Perhaps the Lidar or Radar doesn't see us well. Consider a Motorcycle Safety course. I took a couple and learned a huge amount in only a few days of class and supervised practice. Made me a much better rider. Practice where you have space, get used to it where you don't have to worry about trucks and somnambulant cagers. And always: ATGATT!! Blessings JJ
  13. Michaelr11

    Front brakes query

    Along with everything that DR said to you, try pumping the lever so it’s firm and then put a couple of rubber bands there to hold the lever in that position. Leave it that way overnight. If the problem was a small air bubble, this should push it out.
  14. Bernie

    How long does the Wethead suspension last?

    Would you mind sharing who the suspension guy is or works for? Thanks. As for the Michelin tires, I had that same conversation with the Michelin Rep at the MOA rally in Salida, MO a few years ago. He even claimed that the compound and construction was the same as the PR-3‘s, except for the groves in the tire carcass. I have decided that I am happily using Metzler Z-8 and Continental RoadAttack 3 GT on my 2018 WetHead.
  15. ltljohn

    Interstate...how fast?

    Like Marty said, ride your own ride. I regularly ride with faster riders, they know I will catch up at the next stop. I learned long ago after a few close calls to ride in my skill/comfort zone. On the highways that is generally a bit faster than traffic
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  17. Living the Dream

    Interstate...how fast?

    So the other day I was donating blood in my building where I work. We also have a sheriff's office detachment and I've conversed with the Captain quite a few times on building matters. A couple of deputy's were in with needles in their arms getting blood sucked out when the Captain comes in. I holler, "Randy, you still haven't caught me yet", ......he smiled, I said "c'mon, you know interstate travel is 85-90", that's when a deputy chimed in "ya, or you'll get run over". Anyway, on the RT, I'm 80-95 until I feel the spidey-sense tingling thus slowing down to 80-75. With the HP4, I have the speed light pop at 100 to remind me to slow it back down. For the Honda, meh, anything over 75 and it's rolling vibrator.
  18. Fasterpill

    Saturday night and Sunday morning...

    The kitchenette in Northville was the best around but they changed owners and now I am not sure they are still open. 4 corners is fine too. If you come to Saratoga, the Country Corner Cafe is tops.
  19. Skywagon

    Interstate...how fast?

    As others said...ride where you feel good and in control regardless of what others do. As DR said, depends on the bike. In Texas we have some speed limits of 80 and 85MPH. A buddy of mine who has a pretty naked HD wide glide with just a tiny bit of a windshield (looks more like a number plate to me) and I swap bikes occasionally while we are out. Not too long ago I was on his bike and he on mine. We hit one of those 80 MPH roads and he was shoot and gone on my RT and I thought 75 on that wide glide was like going 150 MPH. I actually slowed down to a more comfortable 65. We met at the next destination and he remarked my bike rides nice at 10 over....i.e. 95 while I remarked this thing is a piece of !$%!$^. Get off my bike and you ride yours.
  20. Selden

    Interstate...how fast?

    I remember a quote from a state trooper in North Carolina: "Nine is fine; ten you're mine." Interstates are probably more forgiving than small towns on back roads. About 15 years ago I got a ticket in Ludowici, GA, once known as the speed trap capital of the USA. I came back for "trial" at the local court, which was the rec room of the town fire station. Several hundred people were waiting in line when "court" opened. The arresting officer and court clerk had the same last name. I got off light at $450, unlike the guy who had been arrested for DUI with a loaded AK-47 in the back seat of his car. Fast forward to 2016, when I got a ticket outside Cleveland, GA. I met with the judge, and pleaded nolo. I asked if he had ever driven through Ludiwici. "Oh, yes." He had been driving on a 4-lane highway, and shortly after the speed limit suddenly dropped to 45 mph he saw blue lights in his rearview mirror. The officer who stopped him saw a holster and badge in the back seat of his car, and asked if he was with law enforcement. "Yes, I am a judge." "Won't do you no good." $450.
  21. Whip

    Passports and Sleeping Bags

    View of Lake Superior from Enger Tower/Park
  22. Whip

    Passports and Sleeping Bags

    Barker Park Superior MN
  23. Roadking1

    Michelin tires

    I have 6,500 miles on a set of Road 5's on my 2014RT and have been happy with the ride. Only pushed hard occasionally and seldom in the rain. Mostly one up with little luggage. The odd thing is it looks like the front tire will wear out before the rear as the shoulders are wearing down. This has not happened in the past with PR4 GT's where it was always the rear that went first. I got 12,000 miles out of two sets of the PR4 GT's and will be surprised if the Road 5 front makes it to 10,000 miles. I have always run 36/42 pounds in the past, might try upping the pressure on the front.
  24. Bill_Walker

    NAV VI updates

    Sorry I forgot to mention that you should set your computer to NOT sleep during the map install process, because it takes a long time. Garmin's app (at least on a Mac) doesn't seem to cancel sleep on its own, which is stupid when they're telling you it'll take hours. But if your computer goes to sleep, you're toast, as you've discovered.
  25. 041100S

    Interstate...how fast?

    Agree with Marty Hill on this, but normally ride +5 over the speed limit as I don't care to pay "THE MAN" in any state.
  26. Paul De

    Interstate...how fast?

    I general I tend to ride about 5 to 10 MPH faster than the average flow for a few reasons. Keeps most of the risk management of 4 wheel vehicles in front of me and minimizes natural born close followers and those who would tailgate. Also, helps to make sure you aren't too long in a blind spot. On the open highway 70 -80 is easy cruising, and a bit slower with the wife. Merging from an on ramp to the road, I need to slow down from 100 once in a while
  27. dirtrider

    Interstate...how fast?

    Evening R65_Steve It depends on the situation & on the bike but I'm usually in the upper 5% of the fastest. I can usually count the number of vehicles that pass me on one hand. But the bike does make a difference as a faired bike with a good windscreen makes it easy to run triple digits & a bike with a no plastic & a short windscreen makes it an effort to ride comfortably at much above 70. I see that you have an R bike (not an RT) so that makes high speeds a bit more effort to feel comfortable with. Don't exceed your comfort zone, you will eventually gain the confidence in your bike & in your ability to get a darn good speeding ticket.
  28. Marty Hill

    Interstate...how fast?

    Ride at a speed you are comfortable with.
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